Determinants and Pathways of Progression to Level 2 Qualifications: Evidence from the NCDS and BHPS

London Institute of Education, Wider Benefits of Learning Research Report No. 21

64 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2008

See all articles by Ricardo Sabatés

Ricardo Sabatés

Faculty of Education; Centre for International Education

Leon Feinstein

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Eleni Skaliotis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 2007

Abstract

The commitment of the government to improving the education of the workforce has been emphasized both in the Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners of the Department for Education and Skills (DFES, 2004) and in the recently published Leitch Review, which calls for the UK to be a "world leader in skills". However, our understanding of the characteristics and motivations of individuals who participate in level 2 courses is limited. This report aims to address this issue, describing the characteristics of people who return to learning to take level 2 qualifications and their pathways to progression. The research draws on two nationally representative longitudinal studies, the National Child Development Survey (NCDS) and the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). Our results showed that adults who gained a level 2 qualification were more likely than those who did not to have been engaged and relatively successful in a range of learning activities at earlier ages, including learning during childhood, staying in education during adolescence and undertaking courses leading and not leading to qualifications during adulthood. We further found that socioeconomic constraints in adulthood may be less of a barrier to progression than is often believed, and less influential than other factors. Finally, pathways to progression are extremely varied. While the majority of those who achieved level 2 in adulthood did so by obtaining lower level qualifications prior to, or simultaneously with, level 2, not all did so. In particular, it is notable that a large proportion of those achieving level 2 from a base of no qualifications did so without obtaining any intermediate qualifications.

Keywords: Progression, Education, Adulthood, UK

Suggested Citation

Sabatés Aysa, Ricardo and Feinstein, Leon and Skaliotis, Eleni, Determinants and Pathways of Progression to Level 2 Qualifications: Evidence from the NCDS and BHPS (February 2007). London Institute of Education, Wider Benefits of Learning Research Report No. 21, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1091258 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1091258

Ricardo Sabatés Aysa (Contact Author)

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Leon Feinstein

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